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Unshackled

Posted by: David Carroll

Sh1Wednesday, I was set free. Doc says I can go without the neck brace. Freedom is a wonderful thing but scary too I found out. I still walk around like I had the  brace on and I am scared to turn my head too much. It’s weird, almost like I want to put it back on for comfort. Delaine tells me I snored last night too and I have not been snoring. I knew immediately what it was, my chin was being held up keeping my jaw from dropping which kept my mouth shut and kept me breathing through my nose. So now do I put it back on when I go to bed just to keep from snoring?

Ahh but I got to drive today…for the first time since driving to the hospital on Dec 13. (Except for that little emergency when Delaine got locked out of her car at Walgreens, about five minutes away, and I bravely drove to rescue her). Got my hair cut (great to visit with you Marilyn!), got Toby’s bath done, and picked up my prescription. And I finally have a few new twenty dollar bills in my billfold. I found out something interesting, if you can’t drive, you don’t need any cash. I’ve had the same single five dollar bill in my billfold since my surgery. Now I’m flush with cash! (It goes fast).

Toby and I went for another long walk whilst listening to Rush. I took the twin walking poles and really tried to kick up the pace a bit. Oh, and by the way, I asked Doc about how much exercising I could do and found out all that (light)weight lifting I’ve been doing was a bad thing (because the vertebra fusion is still trying to take). So no more weight lifting for another month. But I can do all the walking I want to, so I figured I could at least get the arms in on the act with the walking poles. Besides they make you feel like an Olympic cross country skier.

The main thing is the Lord is good and his word is sweet and I am grateful to his healing hand on my body.

Proverbs 3:7-8 (NKJV)

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

Speaking of being free from my neck brace, I have been freed from something else too. I have identified myself with Christ who died and was raised from the dead. So I reckon I am freed from sin’s power over me and one day I will even be freed from sin’s presence.

Romans 6:7-11 (NKJV)

For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Jean Maynard wrote:
'>>>' How are you freed from sin? By Christ sheding his blood? Or by obeying the examble Christ gave you. To walk in the light as he walked in the light1Jo.1:5-7? '<<<'.
Jean wrote:
'>>>'People, use this first to say they can't keep from sinning: IF WE SAY WE HAVE NO SIN, WE DECEIVE OURSELVES, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IS US 1Jo.1:8. Now, I am going to prove, we do have sin. And I hope to prove that this scripture, is being misrepresented by many.

Christ, was made in likeness of men, meaning he came in the flesh, like we did. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death. This was an examble of his walks of life Ph.2:7,8. Death, was brought upon all man, by Adam's transgression. When Christ came he had to die, because he took upon him, flesh and blood. He over came the devil (who had the power of death) by being obedient to his father. Even though he came and shed his blood, and took the power of death away from the devil, we still have to die the death that was brought on by Adam. We have to prove ourself, by humbleing ourself until death just like Christ did. We have to walk in the light as he is in the light. By his death, burial, and resurrection, he gave us an open door, but we have to Knock on that door. Paul, said, with the mind he served the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin Ro.6; Ro.6:21.

Now the mind of the flesh is against the Spirit and the mind of the Spirit against the flesh. We can't do both, we have to choose our way of walk; of course if we choose to lust after the flesh, we walk in darkness Ga.5:17. Paul told, those that came out from under the law, not to be intangled again with the yoke of bondage (sin). For in Christ there was neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love Ga.5:1,6,7. Also, how shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein. For those that were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death. So, if they were baptized in the likeness of his death, they would be raised in the likeness of his resurrection; to walk in newness of life, without sin. For if they be dead they were freed from sin Ro.6:1-7.

So we see, if we are in Christ; we have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts and we walk in the Spirit (The word of God) Ga.5:24. Haveing sin, is not the same thing as doing the act of sin. In 1Jo.1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like Ga.5:19-21. Since we are told not to do these things, I would say we do have sin! But, if we do them we will not inherit the kingdom of God. To walk in the light as Christ is in the light we have to walk in the fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law Ga.5:22,23; 1Jo.1:7.

Under the law they were in bondage (under sin), no way out. Christ came and shed his blood and gave them a way out of sin, once and for all. Through baptizm: a form of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection Ro.6. Now if we say we have not sinned we make him a liar, and his word is not in us 1Jo.1:10. By Adam, sin entered into the world and death by sin. So death passed upon all man, for that all have sinned Ro.5:12-14. Today men are not under the bondage of sin, because Christ came and gave us a way out of sin. But, if we don't obey that form of doctrine, we keep ourselves in bondage (in sin) Ro.5:18-21

Jean